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European football is the most competitive for clubs. Spread across the continent and dominated mostly by six countries- the domestic clubs fight for local and European glory every campaign. There are only a handful of clubs who have risen about the rest and have truly cemented themselves as true European giants.
The greatest clubs in the world have won the Champions League. However, few have been able to achieve the feat more than once. Here are ten of the most successful European football clubs of all time based on major trophies won:
One of only two Serie A sides to make it to this list is Milanese giants AC Milan.
AC Milan have won 48 trophies. They are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to the number of European Cup/Champions League victories. They have been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first victory in the competition came in 1963. Their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Until Real’s success in 2017, Milan had been the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990.
They have won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan won 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups with their most recent Supercoppa coming in 2016/17.
The giants of the Premier League have redefined success in recent decades thanks to their former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United have won 66 trophies – The Red Devils are the most successful club in England, with 20 top flight titles, including 13 in the Premier League era. United have won 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 Charity/Community Shields.
They have won the Europa League in 2017 to add to their three European Cups/Champions Leagues, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup. United are the only English club to win a treble of Champions League, domestic title and main domestic cup. The Red Devils are the only English club to win any global titles. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 claimed the Club World Cup.